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French court won\'t force Apple to open iTunes

updated 05:25 pm EST, Wed November 10, 2004

French court tosses case

The French Competition Council has brought by Virgin's French arm against Apple in June for alleged abuse of market dominance, due to a lack of "sufficiently convincing elements." The Virgin complaint alleged Apple had wrongfully refused to license the FairPlay DRM (digital rights management) technology to competitors. Although dismissing the claim, the council noted that lack of interoperability between different download sites and music players is "a disadvantage for consumers."

by MacNN Staff





  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Super Size..

    ...Super Size My Freedom Fries!

  1. Droesemix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ahhh, yes

    the French, to quote Zappa, they may have terrible diseases down there, but their legeal system works !

  1. HeatherEcsedi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Restricted opinion

    "...lack of interoperability between different download sites and music players is "a disadvantage for consumers." This actually applies to any product. DVD-R and DVD+R - even though DVD writers now handle both -, before that the V2000, VHS and Betamax video cassette systems, the MDD and the DCC, the Audio DVD and the SACD only to mention a few... until one system possibly remains, the consumer is never sure what to choose without having to fear his option will go away.

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All about the $$$

    I'll bet it cost Virgin more for court costs in this failure than it would have cost to just license FairPlay... had Apple wanted to sell it to them. Apple doesn't *have* to sell it's stuff to another company if it doesn't want to sell it.

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